Planning on watching today’s Hawks and Rams game? Catch the action at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, as the Rams hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on CBSS. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 139.5 points, and VCU is favored by -2.5 to win at home against Saint Joseph’s.

SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS VS VCU RAMS BETTING PICK

The Pick: VCU Rams -2.5

This game will be played at Barclays Center at 1:00 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE VCU RAMS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Rams.
  • Not only will VCU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Hawks Offense Score Enough in Brooklyn?

As the underdog, Saint Joseph’s has gone 4-8 this season, and they have a record of 19-12. They are coming off a 66-61 win over Richmond. On the road, they have gone 6-9 this season, and their average scoring margin is -1.7.

Over their last 10 games on the road, the Hawks have gone 4-6, and they have won their last two road games. They are 11-9 in Atlantic 10 play this season.

As the underdog this season, Saint Joseph’s has gone 6-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Hawks have an ATS mark of 4-6. On the road, the Hawks have an ATS record of 8-7 this year and are 5-5 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Saint Joseph’s games is 17-15-1, and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this season (146.5). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 136 points compared to an average over/under line of 146.5 in those games.

In their most recent game, the Saint Joseph’s offense concluded with only 66 points against Richmond. Throughout the game, they made 6/22 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 41.8%. The top scorer for the Hawks was Erik Reynolds II with 30 points, while Cameron Brown also chipped in with 10 points.

At present, the Hawks’ defense is nationally ranked 128th, allowing 70.5 points per game. In today’s game, the Saint Joseph’s defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 61 points.

Does VCU Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

VCU enters this game as a 2.5-point favorite, and they have gone 18-5 this season when favored. At home, the Rams have been even better, going 15-7 compared to their 6-4 record on the road.

Over their last 10 games at home, VCU has gone 7-3, and they are coming off a 73-59 win over Massachusetts. On the season, the Rams are 19-12, and they have won two straight games.

As the favorite this season, VCU has an ATS record of 14-9. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Rams have gone 7-3 vs. the spread. However, VCU has struggled to cover the spread at home recently, going just 1-2 ATS in their last 3 games at the Siegel Center. Overall, the Rams are 12-10 vs. the spread at home this year.

On the season, the over/under record for VCU games is 14-18, and today’s line of 139.5 is below the average over/under line in their games of 140.1. So far, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average of 146 points scored in those games.

In their recent matchup, the VCU offense ended with 73 points against Massachusetts. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 50% and made 6 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Max Shulga, who holds an average of 14.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Zeb Jackson is averaging 11.6 points per game this season.

The Rams’ defense is presently ranked 53rd nationally, allowing an average of 67.2 points per contest. So far, the VCU defense is giving up an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.6 times per game (582nd).